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NCJ Number: 160121 Find in a Library
Title: Examination of Police Intervention in Domestic Disturbances in a Canadian Context
Author(s): A Choi
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 155
Sponsoring Agency: Edwin Mellen Press
Lewiston, NY 14090-0450
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7734-2248-X
Sale Source: Edwin Mellen Press
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the reaction to and intervention of police officers in domestic disturbances in Canada and the extent of injury they experienced.
Abstract: Data were obtained from a questionnaire survey and official police statistics. Of 730 survey packages distributed, 379 were returned for a response rate of 52 percent. Both cross-tabulation and regression methods were used to analyze survey data. Findings indicated that police officers were more likely to arrest when the victim accused the suspect of assault, the victim pressed charges against the suspect, the suspect employed a weapon, and the suspect was hostile to police officers. Alcohol consumption by either suspect or victim had no significant effect on the police officer's decision to arrest. Further, the police officer's decision to arrest was not influenced by whether the victim was married to the suspect or if the victim called the police. Police officers were most likely to arrest in compelling cases and least likely to arrest in trivial cases. The likelihood of police arrest increased if the suspect was accused of assault and had a weapon and if the suspect was accused of assault and was hostile to police officers. It was determined that police discretion in domestic disturbances is influenced by legal and extralegal variables and that police officers base their decision to arrest mainly on legal criteria. A detailed review of the literature on police intervention in domestic disturbances is included. 81 references, 23 tables, and 6 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Alcohol-Related Offenses; Arrest statistics; Assaults on police; Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Domestic assault; Foreign crime prevention; Police discretion; Police policies and procedures; Police statistics; Victims in foreign countries; Victims of violent crime; Violent crime statistics; World criminology
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